The Unknown Parts of the Bangkok Canals

The Unknown Parts of
the Bangkok Canals

Not many know that the canals of Bangkok are a source of infinite exploration possibilities
beyond the standard Klong tour.Our Bangkok canal tour dives deeper into the cultural
and way of life of Bangkokians who still call the canals their ‘home’.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Unbeknownst by many, even avid explorers of the City of Angels, aren’t aware what lies deep on the other side of Bangkok’s bustling life. Only reachable by boat and going further than your average canal tour, hidden secrets off the Chao Phraya are unveiled – from pristine temples to royal residences.

When embarking on this journey, mooring off at some of Bangkok’s Klong uncharted monuments are a true eye-opener for even repeating visitors.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Unknown Parts of Bangkok’s Canals

08:00 - 15:00

Your guide and driver for the day will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby at around 8 am from where they will bring you to the main boat pier along the Chao Phraya River. Your long tail boat for the day and its driver are eagerly waiting to show you the lesser side of Bangkok’s water ways.

We start by crossing over to the other side of the Chao Phraya River to a Chinese Shrine near Wat Anongkharam. The Shrine is established over 200 years ago during Thonburi period and has maintained as much of its glory and amazing decorative items at the time of its construction.

We embark back onto the boat and sail upstream to the site of where the Queen Mother resided until her passing; to commemorate her, the house has turned into a memorial museum with artefacts and displaying her immense dedication to serve the people of Thailand as good as she can.  We follow the river banks and enter the Wat Santa Cruz, with references to the time the Portuguese entered the former kingdom of Siam.

After this visit, we walk around the surrounding village of Kudi Chin where we admire the finer traits of how old baking techniques are used to make bread and snacks. We head back to our boat and continue our journey to Wat Rakang. This was the former house of King Rama I and with its unique, triplex scripture hall more than 200 years old; this is a hidden gem that many visitors do not know about. Rama I was the first king of the Rama Dynasty and he received the name Chao Phraya Chakri at his ascension to the throne.

Our journey ends at the Phatravadee Theatre, a small theatre that is commonly used for private Thai classical performances with a beautiful location along the river. Here is where the Supatra River House is located – one of the finer Thai restaurants along the river where lunch will be served.

After lunch, we board our long tail boat and sail back to our starting point of the day where our driver awaits your arrival and will bring you back to your booked hotel in the heart of Bangkok. We expect to be back at your hotel at around 3 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver from and to the (dis)embarkation point
  • Transportation by long tail boat for the duration of the excursion
  • All entrance and donation fees as outlined in the program
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • For all riverside excursions (river cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, long tail boat tours and other water-based tour options), restrictions on transfers from and to booked riverside accommodation along the Chao Phraya River are applicable. Customers are requested to make it to their nearest pick-up point in the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.

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